March 2nd is Dr Seuss’ Birthday, Let’s Celebrate!
Two of the most popular of his books is The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, so let’s take a vote and just see which one is our MOST favorite. Please vote in the lobby and receive a prize just for voting. Also, with your vote you may enter a drawing for a “special Dr Seuss Prize”.
Dr Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat in 1957 as a challenge to come up with an exciting alternative to traditional primers specifically Dick and Jane. It cost $2 at the store and children begged their parents to buy them the book. It was a slower sell to schools as they had difficulty letting go of "Dick and Jane" but as we all know Cat in the Hat won out.
Three years later the book had sold 1 million copies and had been translated into French, Chinese, Swedish and Braille . Today it is #9 on the list best-selling list of children's books of all time.
Green Eggs and Ham was published in 1960 and as of 2016 has sold more than 8 million copies. It is 4th on the list for best- selling children's books of all time. The story is told with just 50 words. In 1965 the book was banned in China being accused of being a portrayal of early Marxism. The ban was lifted a few years after the death of Dr Seuss.
What’s interesting is that most dancers are crazy about Dr Seuss and his books, I guess because of the utter creativity and rhythm of his rhyming words. For whatever reason, let’s rejoice in the life of a literary and artistic genius.